Sheryl Sandberg and Viola Davis to Headline 2017 Texas Conference for Women

Registration is now open for state’s largest gathering of women

Conference for Women
announced today that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
COO and author of Lean In and Option B, and Viola Davis,
award-winning stage, television and film actress, will keynote the Texas
Conference for Women on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. More than 7,000
attendees are expected to attend the annual event at the Austin
Convention Center.

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, overseeing the
firm’s business operations. She is the best-selling author of Lean
In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
and Lean In for Graduates
and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering
all women to achieve their ambitions. Sandberg’s latest book, Option
B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy,
released April 24 and was co-written by Wharton psychologist and
best-selling author Adam Grant.

Viola Davis won an Academy Award for Supporting Actress this year for
her role in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Fences, directed
by Denzel Washington. Davis also earned a Golden Globe, Critics Choice
Award, and SAG Award for her portrayal of Rose Maxson. Earlier, she won
a Tony Award for the 2010 revival of Fences on Broadway. Davis
currently stars in the hit ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder,
for which she became the first African American to win the Emmy for Best
Actress in a Drama Series and also earned two Screen Actors Guild
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations. Davis
received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her role as
“Abileen Clark” in 2011’s The Help.

“The Conference has once again set itself apart by bringing together
change-makers of the highest caliber who are dedicated to advancing
equality in society and in the workplace for both women and men,” said
Johnita Jones, Board President of the Texas Conference for Women. “These
remarkable leaders are redefining growth and leadership opportunities
for our attendees.”

The 18th annual Texas Conference for Women will host thousands of
attendees for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional
development and personal growth. In addition to a standout lineup of
keynote speakers, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference will feature
breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of business,
philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

With conversations driven by top women leaders from Texas, the
Conference will raise awareness about topical issues including pay
equity, work-life balance and social media, and will highlight the
groundbreaking women who are leading the way.

Among the 100+
at the Conference will be: Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning
writer and digital strategist; Mary Jennings Hegar, helped repeal the
Combat Exclusion Policy to allow women in military combat and author, Shoot
Like a Girl
; Tiffany Dufu, catalyst for women and girls and author, Drop
the Ball;
Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO, Flywheel and author, Extreme
You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat
; and Laura Vanderkam,
author, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of
Their Time.

Registration is now open for the Conference and early-bird pricing is
available through June 2nd. To register or learn more about the event,

To apply for media credentials, please contact Michelle Clark,


Texas Conference for Women
Karen Breslau, 916-447-4099